"Torturers Should Be Punished" Column by Amy Goodman The door to justice is open just a crack. After the release of four Bush-era Office of Legal Counsel memos that authorized âharsh interrogation techniques,â President Obama said there should be no prosecutions. Though he may occupy the most powerful office on Earth, there is a force more powerful: committed people demanding change. Torturers should be punished. Topics: James Mitchell, Bruce Jessen, Katherine Eban, Mark Benjamin, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!